About 2 months ago, I left for Indonesia for my first ever internship. I was pretty excited and nervous at the same time. Excited – because I was about to do something that I’ve never done before. Nervous – well, for the very same reason. I wasn’t sure of how the trip would turn out to be as I’ve never been to Indonesia before. I did, however, live in Malaysia for 2 years when I was a 6 year old (and that was 14 years ago), so I had a very basic idea of the place as I was told by my Indonesian friends here in Aber that Indonesia is more or less like Malaysia. It took me about 18 hours to reach Indonesia from London, and to be honest, the excitement of the trip really helped me NOT to realise how tiring the journey was :)
Upon reaching Indonesia, I was picked up by the driver of the NGO that I was working for, and to be honest, the moment I left the airport and entered Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, I just couldnt believe what I was seeing. The image of Indonesia that I had in my mind was completely blown away by the ultra-modern and amazing developments of the city! Infact, it was so developed, I felt as if I was in the business district of London! I cannot be more literal when I say that.
Anyway, after spending a night in a hotel in Jakarta, I was taken by the driver to the office of ‘Masyarakat Mandiri’ in the city of Bogor, where I met the staff of the NGO the very next day after my arrival. After I was given a short presentation of their work, I was introduced to other staff outside the NGO. This marked the beginning of an amazing 1 month in Indonesia. I visited many different places almost everyday, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday (of course). Over the next few days, I’ll be writing about everything that I’ve come across during the photo-documentation internship with the NGO. Be sure to check this blog!